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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cockatrice  \Cock"a*trice\  (-tr[imac]s;  277),  n.  [OF.  cocatrice 
  crocodile,  F.  cocatrix,  cocatrice.  The  word  is  a  corruption 
  from  the  same  source  as  E.  crocodile,  but  was  confused  with 
  cock  the  bird,  F.  coq,  whence  arose  the  fable  that  the  animal 
  was  produced  from  a  cock's  egg.  See  {Crocodile}.] 
  1.  A  fabulous  serpent  whose  breath  and  look  were  said  to  be 
  fatal.  See  {Basilisk}. 
 
  That  bare  vowel,  I,  shall  poison  more  Than  the 
  death-darting  eye  of  cockatrice.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  (Her.)  A  representation  of  this  serpent.  It  has  the  head, 
  wings,  and  legs  of  a  bird,  and  tail  of  a  serpent. 
 
  3.  (Script.)  A  venomous  serpent  which  which  cannot  now  be 
  identified. 
 
  The  weaned  child  shall  put  his  hand  on  the 
  cockatrice's 
 
  Note:  [Rev.  Ver.  basilisk's]  den.  --Is.  xi  8. 
 
  4.  Any  venomous  or  deadly  thing 
 
  This  little  cockatrice  of  a  king.  --Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cockatrice 
  n  :  monster  hatched  by  a  reptile  from  a  cock's  egg;  able  to  kill 
  with  a  glance 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Cockatrice 
  the  mediaeval  name  (a  corruption  of  "crocodile")  of  a  fabulous 
  serpent  supposed  to  be  produced  from  a  cock's  egg.  It  is 
  generally  supposed  to  denote  the  cerastes,  or  "horned  viper,"  a 
  very  poisonous  serpent  about  a  foot  long.  Others  think  it  to  be 
  the  yellow  viper  (Daboia  xanthina),  one  of  the  most  dangerous 
  vipers,  from  its  size  and  its  nocturnal  habits  (Isa.  11:8; 
  14:29;  59:5;  Jer.  8:17;  in  all  which  the  Revised  Version  renders 
  the  Hebrew  _tziph'oni_  by  "basilisk").  In  Prov.  23:32  the  Hebrew 
  _tzeph'a_  is  rendered  both  in  the  Authorized  Version  and  the 
  Revised  Version  by  "adder;"  margin  of  Revised  Version 
  "basilisk,"  and  of  Authorized  Version  "cockatrice." 
 




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